War Babies

     Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 03, 2011
     Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art | Movies | Babies and Toddlers | 1930s

Was that "Spanky" on the piano?

Dredging up old memories: I had a blue, glass Shirley Temple mug when I was a kid.

Google "shirley temple mug blue" if you're curious.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/03/11 at 12:41 PM

If memory serves me right the piano player, with the cowlick hair, was Alfalfa. The bartender looked more like Spanky and the black kid looked like Buckwheat from "Our Gang" and "The Little Rascals".


Shirley Temple was an amazingly cute, outgoing and talented child star. If you wanted to overdose on cute she was your fix.

The only problem I had with her movies was that almost all of them were scripted as showcase pieces for her. They left the original story line a bit anemic. that was especially true in such Francis Hodgson Burnett classics as "The Little Princess" and "The Secret Garden" both of which were given much better story line treatment in later versions.

While "War Babies" was just as cute as a bug in a rug in its day IMHO it would be considered soft core kiddie porn if they tried to remake it today.
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 10/03/11 at 01:30 PM
Kids that age all look alike anyhow. 😉
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/03/11 at 01:54 PM
I vote the piano player as a young Alfalfa. I agree that this would not be made today, it made me a little uncomfortable even knowing the context. She was an adorable child star and when she grew up, no drugs and alcohol, she married and became an ambassador. A successful life.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/03/11 at 02:01 PM
Here is a LINK to a site with a ton of pics of the Our Gang / Little Rascals bunch.



A publicity shot of Our Gang - probably done in Robert McGowan's office. Scanned from an original photo. The lack of contrast is due to the photograph beginning to fade. The back of the photo has the following text: '"Our Gang" With Frank L. Newman, Managing Director of the Metropolitan, Rialto, and Million Dollar Theatres, Los Angeles Paramont Houses, and Robert McGowan, Who Directs Hal Roach's "Our Gang" for Pathe Comedies. On Occasion of Personal Appearance of the Gang at the Metropolitan, the Largest Los Angeles Thearer [sic], With "Mary, Queen Of Tots."' This film reference dates this photo to August or September 1925.

From left to right are Jackie Condon, Frank Newman, Allen (Farina) Hoskins, Mickey Daniels, Mary Kornman, Robert F. McGowan, Jerry McGowan (Robert McGowan's daughter), Johnny Downs, and Joe Cobb. My thanks to Robert Huffman, great-grandson of Robert F. McGowan, for providing the identity of Jerry McGowan in this photograph.

Here is a LINK to the page the above pic is on. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of the page for page two.
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 10/03/11 at 02:15 PM
Not only a two timer but that last "behind the back" kiss was way too adult for a couple of kids that age. I wonder if the director was a perv?

There were rumors I heard in my younger days that the "casting couch" wasn't just for the big girls. :sick:
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 10/03/11 at 05:40 PM
Only because small minded busybodies foist the beliefs of their over active imagination to everyone else.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/04/11 at 02:37 AM
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